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Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale) - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale)Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale)

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BA SCORE
84
good

462 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-24-2004)
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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stoudt's Triple

Appearance- cloudy orange with a very thin head. lots of carbonation bubbles.
Smell- vanilla, bananas, medicinal alcohol. Light on the clove/ pepper aroma.
Taste- very light very sweet. Sugary sweet with vanilla, cherry, and pepper.
Mouthfeel- light almost watery. alcohol kicks in at the back end. Strong aftertaste. Alcohol comes fuming up after each gulp.

Overall- decent Triple that hides the alcohol up front but it comes back with a vengance, burning the throat! Sweet and not as harsh as you would seem. Decent. Wouldn't turn 1 down, wouldn't seek it out either.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After a long day of work I came home with an urge to have a tripel and luckily I found this was already sitting in my fridge. I always enjoy tripels but it seems to be a style that's either done well...or done poorly. Let's see what Stoudt's has in store for me. Pours from the bottle a opaque caramel orange with a nice creamy inch of foam on top that leaves some lacing behind. Aromas of sweet, fruity pale malts with apple, pear and grape notes. Yeasty spiciness with a hint of pepper and caramel. Light and fresh...pretty nice really.

First sip brings a smooth, creamy fruity malt body. Apple, pear and mixed citrus flavors. Burnt sugars with a mellow caramel undertone. Midway through I get a spicy yeast flavor along with hints of alcohol on the way down. Fairly sweet, yet still crisp. Gives me a nice belly warming halfway through. Pretty nice but still lacks a little something...could use a bit more balance and tone down the alcohol a tad.

Mouthfeel is fairly creamy and medium bodied...a bit thicker than I expected but it still flows down fairly smoothly. Overall...a pretty enjoyable tripel..but it just didn't grab me enough to make me want to seek it out again anytime soon. Worth a try.

Photo of dgallina
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle without freshness date.

Poured a deep transparent copper with no head and moderate lace (despite being decanted into a Duvel tulip). Heady fruity aroma; alcohol-laced bananas and cherries plus floral hops on a lightly-toasted malt base. Flavor begins with somewhat rough grains, builds into a bold alcohol bite before ending with slight fruit and boozy warming. Medium-bodied, prickly carbonation, and slightly oily in the mouth.

A pretty unsuccessful tripel that smells better than it tastes. Flavor wholly overwhelmed by alcohol.

Photo of Px2GrafX
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a full color label. there's a wood grain background with stoudts triple on top of the label. there are three merry monks laughing and drinking over the stoudts brewery. there are illustrations of barley and hops. "bottle conditioned belgian abbey-style ale". no abv or freshness date displayed.

appearance: pours a beautiful burnt orange with light golden orange highlights in a chalice glass. head is a creamy loose off-white half inch that dropped quickly to a ring around the glass. a cyclone of bubbles rises through the misty liquid from the center of the glass. no retention or lacing.

smell: bananas and bubble gum. lightly spicy and medicinal with some alcohol. some white sweet bread as well.

taste: more bananas and estery alcohol flavors. caramelly sweet and bready. the alcohol is dominant, however. there's some faint cloves and orange as well. finish is lightly citrusy and with a mild yeasty bitterness. instead of the alcohol being masked, i'm afraid the alcohol is masking an array of other flavors.

mouthfeel: the mouthfeel is a nice medium body creamy carbonated mixture. i've seen others review this as thin for a tripel, but i think it's about right. nice swallow as well.

drinkability: well, this one's a little tough to swallow. alcohol is so dominant and flavors are so poorly masked. despite being otherwise tasty and aromatic, this becomes almost an uncomfortable slow sipper.

overall: i think this one deserves to be ranked higher than it is purely on potential. there are complex aromas and flavors in there, but they're just crushed by the alcohol presence. i took this into account and therefore the drinkability took more of a hit. i have a couple more of these to lay down, but i think the alcohol may already be too much. close to being great, though.

Photo of Stingray5
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pours a very cloudy burnt orange, minimal fizzing head settles quickly. bready, spicy aroma with some licorice. Creamy mouthful, more spice in the taste, heavy on the cloves but not to the point of being overbearing. Lots of Orange flavor. Sugar sweetness caps things off. Alcohol is there but well hidden.

I could definitely deal with more of this.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange in color with a ok white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. Spicey clove smell with a hint of banana and alcohol. Spiciness really stands out in the taste with a hint of caramel sweetness. Alcohol comes through farther down the glass. Initially comes across as very complex but as you drink more it becomes kind of one dimensional. An OK beer that is worth a try but not one that i will chase after.

Photo of UncleFlip
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice honey-orange-copper, slightly hazy. Topped by a two finger off-white head, mostly tight and foamy around the outside, but with loose bubbles in the center. As the head recedes, it drags any lace it could have had, down with it.

The smell is full of fresh orange, with just a wisp of hop. THere's also some licorice- like alcohol on the nose.

The flavour has the same elements of the smell, but the orange hits quickly up front, then the thick licorice-whiskey alcohol takes over. There's a strong spiciness at the end, but nothing I would consciously call hoppiness.

The carbonation is present throughout. It's strongest a few seconds in. The liquid seems thick- but the flavour could be contibuting to this.

This one is too pungent to get high marks on drinkability- unless you like beers that are very strong in character. In quality of flavour and such, it could sit beside some barley wines I've had. Not bad, jsut a bit too much to be a session beer.

Be well
-UF

Photo of jakester
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from Stoudt's Variety case. I drank it in a Kasteel glass.

Pours a very cloudy dark orange with a one finger head of off-white bubbles. The head quickly drops to a scant ring, with no lacing.

Aroma is pretty good phenols; spicy pepper, cinnamon, cloves, maybe very slight banana. Smell seems to fade fairly quickly. There is also a caramel malt aroma. Don't really smell alcohol. As it warms, the alcohol comes through.

The first flavor is strong phenols; pepper, cloves, cinnamon, pretty sweet, not very tingly. Malts are caramel candy sweet. Alcohol is very present. Maybe a very slight hint of banana. Aftertaste is long and phenolic-y sweet and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is a little too smooth and creamy. I think it could use a little more carbonation punch. A lot of sweetness, also, but that goes with the style. Finish is sweet and heat.

This is a good beer. I've certainly had better tripels, but this is a pretty good one. It could use more funk, more carbonation, and generally more complexity. Recommended.

Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle split with blackie (1/19/05 bottling), directly after golden monkey bottle

appearance: cloudy amber, virtually no head, very thin white lacing around the rim

smell: citrus, less apple than usual in a tripel, more heavy on the bananas with a nice spicey clove aroma as well...smells sweet with light caramel aromas

taste: sweet, nice banana taste, light clove, alcohol masked well behind citrus flavors...somewhat unusual for a tripel but it seems that american interpretations of the style seem to vary a lot, which isnt neccessarily bad

mouthfeel: heavy carbonation, somewhat light body, tingles on the tongue

drinkability: easy drinking, as is the norm

Photo of ommegangpbr
2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap poured into a Three Philosophers chalice at D.B.A. in NYC.
I went back and forth with this one for quite awhile. At times I hated it, at times I kinda liked it. For the most part I found this difficult to drink though it got easier as it warmed.
There was an overly fermented flavor going on... maybe some old blue cheese or old citrus rind. Definately a tart sourness to be found which I wrestled back and forth with; I liked it, I didn't like it, but I kept taking sips.
Definately complex, but overall not in a good way.
Maybe the tapline was dirty? I don't know.
I'd hesitate getting this on tap again (though I recall enjoying it in the bottle).

Photo of bditty187
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mildly hazy, dim amber in hue with a coppery-bronze highlight, I like the darkness of the liquid. The head was off-white in color; at the apex the bubbles managed to reach only one finger in height. Head retention was poor, especially for a Triple. The bubbles subsided to a thin cap and then to a soapy collar, very quickly. There wasn’t much animation in this beer; this might have hampered the head. Also, there was no subsequent lacing. This beer looks decent, I’ve seen much better Triples and aside from the color of the beer itself this Triple would be completely forgettable, thus far.

The nose doesn’t jump out and say, “Triple!” In fact the nose is so muddled I’m not even sure the direction this beer is taking. It is fruity, tropical with melon (cantaloupe!), and oranges. The phenols are mild. It is medicinal with a clovey backdrop. Whiffs of alcohol are noticeable as well. The maltiness is clean. Overall, this beer is too clean… it ends with a whimper. Sigh.

The palate is very pleasant. I wasn’t expecting much based on the bouquet but all-be-damned; this beer tastes good. The fruitiness is a bit much. There is lots of cantaloupe going on here. Lots. In the middle… wow, does the alcohol kick in! It is not hidden. It is the elephant in the room. I can’t help but taste it. It burns. My throat burns. Malty sweetness tries to squeeze some caramel and honey into the equation. Berries. Oranges. This is a sipping beer; at 9% abv there is nothing stopping the alcohol. What a damn shame. This is a winter warmer… if it were not for the faint medicinal and clovey flavors I wouldn’t peg this beer for a Triple, let alone Belgian in nature. Okay, maybe that is not totally true, it seems the more I drank the more I could taste the “Belgian” influences in the aftertaste. Regardless, this beer is too hot to be fun to drink after all.

Around medium in body, the carbonation is low, especially for a Triple. While the mouthfeel is not sluggish but it could be livelier, more exciting.

This beer needs food, cheese and grapes. Something has to kill the heat. This Triple is close to being very good but, sadly, close doesn’t cut it. The alcohol needs to be turned down, and the essence that makes this beer Belgian in style needs to be turned up. No matter my less than flattering review, this beer is pleasant enough to drink. It really wasn’t bad but it just wasn’t in tune with me. Nevertheless I need to thank shippos for the bottle (part of the Secret Bunny 2005 Beer Exchange). It got lost in the cellar then DBF…

Bottled on 12/12/04

Photo of Hibernator
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stoudt's Triple
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a St Feuillien tulip glass

Pours a hazy burnt orange color. Nice head with some sicky lacings visible.

Strong yeasty and medicinal aromas. Nose is sweet and funky with apple cider vinegar accents coming through as the beers warms up.

Sweet mouthfeel that reminds me of honey. Syrupy, soft feel on the palate with a sharp alcohol twang on the finish. There is a fruity banana presence in there too. Some sips taste a little uneven.

A nice interpretation of this style. Maybe a tad sweet which lends itself to not being so well balanced.

Photo of Fish113d
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

served chilled from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip, it pours a very hazy apricot color, leaving a 1/4" of edge layer with decent clingage to the glass.

Aroma is definitely of some bananas and cloves, accompanied by some slight hoppiness. Very spicy and fruity. I'm afraid that at a chilled temp, i am not getting so much aroma, but what I DO smell is great!

Sipping reveals a sweet fruity flavor, backed by some slight hop bitterness. I defintely taste the spice (cinnamon and cloves), and the finish is a nice malty wheat flavor that leaves me craving more! ME LIKEY!!!

Carbonation is rather sharp on the sip, but this full-bodied ale really gets nice and creamy. I could drink this a whole lot!!!

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with a thin head that settles into a ring -- looks a bit darker than most tripels. Aroma candy sugar and fruit, fruit and candy sugar. (No sediment in the bottle?)

Taste is sweet, more candy sugar and a light caramel. Some vague fruit sweetness, mild spices, a little cinnamon. Some buttery elements, something a little biting and peppery. Light flavor of alcohol, though not really enough to be off-putting.

Mouthfeel is light with a slight carbonation bite. I would prefer a less cloying version, something with more dry balance. A good tripel but lacks the depth to be great; cellaring may improve that.

Photo of kegerator
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours golden with a small head with no real retention. smell was very pleasant.
typical belgian aromas of clove, dried fruits, alcohol spice and yeasty aromas.
taste was a little strange. very twangy spiciness up front. too much spice really that finishes sweet and earthy.
mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp yet smooth

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produces a low white head when poured into the snifter. Color is a reddish medium amber. Bottled on January 19, 2005.

Smells of light sweet malt. Hints of yeast, spice, sweet fruit (fig or raisin like)...and some floral hops are hiding in there. Alcohol pretty evident, too much so. Smells pretty good.

Well carbonated, medium in body, slick on the tongue.

Sweet malt and tree fruit. Tastes strongly of alcohol. Finishes with an alcohol burn in the stomach and sweet with a little bitterness on the tongue. The strong alcohol presence kind of ruins the finish.

I drank less than half the bottle for this rating and have a slight sedated feeling already. A good beer but a little rough, interested in seeing how the ones I cellar come out after some time.

12-09-05
Wonderful sweet, fruity belgian aromas, and some candi sugar. Smells absolutely delicious. Notice a little dull, piney hop presence. Some light esters. The alcohol has calmed immensely.
Most of the characteristics remain, but the alcohol definately calmed over the last four months in my cellar. The alcohol burn is still in the stomach and on the tongue, though not as present on the nose. Will bump taste up 0.5 points as a result.

Photo of RoyalT
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one poured a brownish-orange in color and lacked the killer head that typifies the style.

Smell – The aromas of fruit, alcohol, and medicine cabinet give this one an exciting nose to smell. The fruits are “summer salad” like cherries, oranges, and especially melon. I can pick up some yeast in there as well, although the hops are hard to find. It is very spicy though.

Taste – Pow! The fruity nose will draw you in, but then as The Thing used to say in my old Fantastic Four comic books . . . “It’s clobberin’ time!” The alcohol here dominates the flavor profile. Me likes, but then again I’m a drunk. The summer fruits are here as well but they are just squashed in a “Godzilla meets Bambi” kind of way.

Mouthfeel – This one is thin for a Tripel, a far cry from medium-bodied even, with a non-stinging but huge alcohol hit from beginning to end.

Drunkability – Alcoholics and surgeons will appreciate this high-octane barrel of booze, but most aficionados of the style will cry “foul”. For all those people who say they have to lay off beer for a few days because they have a cold . . . drink this!

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark orange pour evoking peach iced tea. bubbles keep on coming up to the surface.. nice! syrupy, no head here. really thick. daunting. blatantly orange nose with candi sugar coating. nice and, well, belgian. sweet to the lips, pleasant alcohol buzz in my sinuses. wow does this pack a punch! malty sweetness and bumblebee floral bouquet. delicious. drinkable and smooth for something that looks like burnt corn syrup. i dont expect much from stoudt's but this is certainly a tripel id come back to.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Marginal foam in pour. Fruity golden colour a la peche/.apricot. Yeasty fruity aroma. Smooth drink, well balanced. Fruit yeasty taste, but also drying metallic. Light carbonation, some spice and banana. Alcohol kicked in prematurely, but a good sleep on a hot summer night. A good effort.

Photo of Suds
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a mily-orange brew with a modest white head. It presents a yeasty, slightly tart aroma, with a bit of yeast in the background. There’s a little tart, citrusy-reminiscent fruit in the smell as well. Fleeting phenols and a distant ‘funky’ aroma are also thrown in the mix. It’s not a very sweet brew, but instead presents an almost medicinal flavor. Slightly harsh, and notably alcoholic in taste. It’s got a nice, heavy body, with a moderate to low carbonation and a solid hop finish. All in all, I really expected more from this brewery. The beer’s good qualities are not folded into the experience, and the unfavorable ones are too pronounced. I really appreciate the drinkabilty and how the brew is satisfyingly full and smooth. It’ just doesn’t come together as a singularly flavorful and complex beer.

Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

...been cellaring for 6 months

Appears a deep hazy golden orange with a 1 finger white head that lasts. Plenty of chunky lacing is left throughout the glass.
Smell is strong of citrus, pineapple, vanilla, and mild clove.
Tastes awesome! Super creamy vanilla mixed with tropical fruit and a toasted trail mix with a hint of spice.
Mouthfeel is great. Full bodied and creamy brew truley covers the whole tongue bouncing with a varietal of flavors. Finishes semi-dry with a pleasantly smooth spiciness.
This is a hard brew to put down. Slight spiciness may turn some off but this definitely one to check out.

Finger licking good!

Photo of Zraly
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, bright orange with a tight, white head. Excellent carbonation and very pretty lacing. Scent of fruit dominates, with a gentle alcohol backdrop.

Sweet and somewhat creamy, with a trait of chew in the middle, this tripel-styled ale is enjoyable. Mostly tasting of sugar, orange and plums, with a slightly hoppy finish. Minor spicy overtones. Also pick up on a delicate honey-like flavor. Pleasant.

I skipped dessert this evening to share mine with my girlfriend as a night cap, along with a few water crackers topped with Saint Andre. Good choice on my part, if I do say so myself.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

gorgeuous hazy orange appearance, nice 1/2 " bubbly white froth atop...
spice and citrus hit the nose right at the front...sweet and ticklish...orange and coriander, and who knows what else...enticing...
Taste: sweet and tasty, orange rind, and caramel essence, ...but for a tripel it lacks complexity...exhibits a typical tripel-y flavor component, but falls short elsewhere...juicy orange and spice in every sip, but not much more.
A noble attempt at the style, and a drinkable drink, but nothing to jump up and whoop about, really. Keep on trying...needs something more elevating, more ethereal, more unexpected...to really rank as a tripel.

Photo of Truh
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chanted some vespers with this one on 3/26/2005. 12-oz. bottle poured in an Allagash snifter.

With considered attention to the pour, a good film of multi-sized bubbles covers the offering and has a medium stick throughout the libation. Hue is deep gold and hazy orange with a not insubstantial amount of continuous action. Tart lemon/lime, coriander, and lemongrass on nose. Cloves and light cinnamon on mouth initially followed by a tinny characteristic that detracts; malt is very full and nice though. Almost a velvetiness to this which makes it more than medium-bodied. Pretty good Belgian-style ale.

Photo of cooter
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nose: apple, pear, rinds, melon, banana, yogurt. Rather impressive array of fruits, and each is surprisingly well-identifiable.

Appearance: not sure what glassware to use; tried in in a Duvel and now a bulb-shaped oversized wine glass. Orange with fine, creamy and cream-colored bubbles in the weak but everpresent head (strong miniscus of head). Cloudy.

Taste is a horse kicking me in the kidneys. In a good way. Everything from the nose, plus a potent alcohol, esthery near-graininess. Sweet and pungent. Very heavy, thick, fruity. Good consistency and cloys just enough to make you want to drink faster than is advisable. Sticky in the mouth and on the lips. Very very nice. Excellent drink with which to start a night of boozing or to have after dinner, to my taste.

Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.